Jawan l Storyline. Is it?

By: Amit KumaR Agarwal
Jawan. What is the storyline?
While many in the trade and audience are mulling over it. Here is what www.Bol-News.com feels should be the storyline of Jawan, which was predicted few months back, after seeing Deepika Padukone for the first time in the teaser!

While few in the industry are of the view that Jawan is inspired by Amitabh Bachchan's mega-hit "Aakree Raasta". It is only a matter of five-days when the picture will be clear.

Plausible Plot
Jawan essentially is the story of avenging the wrong done to the character of Deepika Padukone. A vigilante in the forest area of India, she is accused of being a naxalite by the corrupt in collusion with the character of Vijay Sethupati. Character of Shahrukh Khan, an officer, is sent in to capture her. But once on the field Shahrukh realizes the ground reality that Deepika is in fact doing good.
Love blossoms between Shahrukh and Deepika. They have a kid or twins who grow up to be Shahrukh(s).
Deepika is killed or captured. If captured, she goes missing from the film and only come towards the end.
The father Shahrukh, wants to avenge Deepika, with the help of a girl-team; these girls were mentored by Deepika. In this fight against Vijay Sethupati and his baddies, the biggest conflict is his son Shahrukh and his love interest Nayanthara.
There could be a possibility of Shahrukh doing a triple role. In such a case, father and one-son will be avenging Deepika and the second son will try to stop them.
Another possibility is that the father too dies or is captured with Deepika and both the brother Shahrukh's work hand-in-glove to avenge. One brother feigning the father's get-up.
Irrespective of the double-role or triple-role of Shahrukh, the basic plot will be the one mentioned above.

MS Talks Annual Awards 2023

By: Aanya

MS Talks Annual Awards 2023 were held on August 27 at a glittering ceremony at Le Meridian, New Delhi. The awards are established by the Founder and CEO of MS Talks, Author Sherry. In the past MS Talks has also organized Literacy conferences, public speaking events, award ceremonies, leadership seminars, business conferences and skill workshops.

The highlight of the event was a very topical panel-discussion on “Public Speaking as an Industry in India” moderated by Prachi Singh. The panel comprised of Brigadier Sushil Bhasin, Major Mohammand Ali Shah, Maninder Singh and Dr. Vikas Singh. Editor-in-chief of www.bol-news.com Amit KumaR Agarwal was also on the panel. Agarwal gave his insights on how correct public speaking skills help overcome language-barrier as well.
Anchored by Jasaleen Kaur the event was top-lined by eminent guests and personalities. Few of the personalities that were present as ‘Guest of Honor’ were Dr Gaurav Gupta, Dr Parmeet Singh Chadha, Ramneek Singh 1313 Family, Dr Gurpreet Singh Remmy. Few of them spoke with www.bol-news.com they said it is the need of the hour to honor and award public speakers.
Eminent Guests present at the event were Adv. Subhash Sharma, Dr Tanveer Naved, Neetu Singhal, Indu Ticku Kohli, Jatinder Singh Sahni, Kuljeet Singh, Prachi Singh, Jatin Arora, Puneet Singh Chhatwal.

MS Talks also bestowed Inspirational Award for people that did great in their respective area of work. The awardees and premium speakers were Nida Ahmed, Gagandeep Siidhu, Dr Swarnali Dasgupta, Ph.D, Rajni Julka, Lipi Gidwani.

Few of the guests were given the platform as Motivational Speakers. Poonam Kalra, Varun Wadhwa, Sweta Prasad Verma, Komal Luthra, Rekha Dang, Asha Bhadana, Simran Mittal, Adv. Parveen Arya, Pooja Maheshwari, Kanchan Mittal, Roobika Anand, Sarita Chauhan, Ritu Bhandari, Shweta Chauhan and Rupali.

MS Talks thanked all its sponsors and media partners. Gurmeet Singh of Perfume Point said, he feels privileged to be associated with MS Talks. He was all praise of Author Sherry, renowned to be 11-times TEDx speaker.

On a concluding note Author Sherry told www.bol-news.com that his mission is to create a million public Speakers in the country by 2030.

Dream Girl 2 l Not Just A Review

By: Amit KumaR Agarwal

Whosoever said 'it's a man's world' ought to see the world through the eyes of Karam (Ayushmann Khurrana). Out on luck, he is unable to fulfill the conditions set by the father (Manoj Joshi) of his girlfriend, Pari (Ananya Panday). Pari's father is adamant that first he finds a respectable job and secure bank-balance. Unable to find a decent job, Karam on the advice of his friend (Manjot Singh) pretends to be a girl, Pooja to work in a dance bar owned by Sona Bhai (Vijay Raaz).
Destiny and the insistence of his father (Annu Kapoor) makes him marry Shahrukh (Abhishek Banerjee) son of Abu Salem (Paresh Rawal) for a fee of Rs. 50 lakh. Smiley also wants Karam alias Pooja marry Shahrukh so that he can marry Shahrukh’s sister, Sakina (Anusha Mishra).
There are more characters in the narrative.
The biggest problem with Dream Girl 2 is that while Dream Girl had a seamless screenplay and taut narrative, here the screenplay relies on gags and as such narrative is uneven. The fault lies in too many characters in the film, instead of working on the characters, writers have worked on the gags. As a result the audience don't carry a single scene with them that they can recall.
Ayushmann Khurrana is fine as Karam/Pooja; he was eons better and effortless in the first part. Ananya Panday plays her role with elan though writers could've shaped her role better. Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor and Rajpal Yadav are good. Vijay Raaz could have been better. Rest of the cast is fine.
On the whole Dream Girl 2 is for the lovers of slapstick-nonsensical comedy. After the first weekend the film will fall. If Dream Girl 2 does the reported business of Dream Girl, INR 130cr. it will be quite an achievement for the film.

Ghoomer l Not Just A Review

 By: Amit KumaR Agarwal

"Ghoomer" R. Balki's latest feature, is the story of grit, determination and perseverance in the face of huge adversity. Where a failure becomes a winner by nurturing budding talent into a maestro. But first things first, what does Ghoomer mean, since the film is based on cricket Ghoomer is a spinner that bowls with a peculiar dance-action! 

Ani or Anina (Saiyami Kher) is an upcoming cricketer who wants to play for India. She is selected in the team to represent India that is soon to tour England; but a frustrated ex-cricketer from team India Padam Singh Sodhi or Paddy (Abhishek Bachchan) calls her and her team-mates no-good. Ani takes it to her heart and leaves to vent out her pent-up feelings. Unfortunately, she meets with a horrific road accident. She loses her right-arm elbow down. Her dream for playing for India shattered.
In comes Paddy, offering to help her groom into a formidable talent. Help her secure her place in the Indian team with in ten months. Why is Paddy helping Ani out, is it his guilt-consciousness or is he in any way related to the accident that changed Ani's life?
R. Balki is one of the few filmmakers with an amazing line-up of films, irrespective whether the film makes money or not, his films work with audiences with cinematic sensibilities. Cheeni Kum, Paa, Shamitabh, Ki and Ka, Padman, Chup and now Ghoomer.

Balki has successfully packed the film with emotions and humor. Though since humor is subtle rather than slapstick, it is class appealing. The way Balki connects the remaining dots of the narrative in the finale is just outstanding!

Performances are hallmark of Ghoomer, even in a cameo! Amitabh Bachchan is just endearing as a commentator in the climax, his subtle humor and emotions will surely leave the gentry doubling up with laughter and a tear, here and there!
Abhishek Bachchan is outstanding as Paddy. His portrayal as a frustrated ex-cricketer is so natural that for once audiences don't even feel he is acting. Saiyami Kher gets her career-best role in Ghoomer and she hits it out of the stadium, she is simply brilliant and flawless as Anina. In fact, as an audience you root for her. Abhishek. Saiyami and Balki ought to win awards for this one!
The supporting cast headed by Shabana Azmi, Angad Bedi and others play their parts very well. R. Balki as always delivers a wonderful film. Two tracks by Amit Trivedi stand out: Dil Dumchalla and Ghoomer; as does the BGM. Vishal Sinha does a commendable job behind the camera.
On the whole despite the very strong merits, the film will find the going tough at the box-office in the ongoing Gadar 2 and OMG 2 wave, though it will surely be one of the most watched films on satellite and OTT's.

OMG 2 l Not Just A Review

By: Amit KumaR Agarwal

Peer pressure, bullying and the desire to fit in; how many schools in India 'really' take care of your children. Do you, as a parent, take care of your child or children in 'essence'. India is the most populous nation in the world, yet how many parents are 'fit' to parent. These very important questions are juxtaposed in the plot of OMG 2, which at core has the importance of the need of sex-education in schools. Does the film succeed, read on.
Kantilal Mudgal (Pankaj Tripathi) is a devotee of God Shiv. However, he is to undergo the biggest test of his life when his school-going son Vivek (Aarush Varma) is dismissed from school after a video showing him masturbating in the school toilet goes viral. Rather than understanding his son, Kantilal slaps him.
However, God Shiv sends one of his ganas (Akshay Kumar) to help Kantilal out. Gana guides Kantilal to file a case in court against school to initiate sex-education in school. Kantilal drags the school to court for not imparting sex education to students. Reinstatement of his son in the school and for apology. When his lawyer leaves, he argues his case himself against the defending lawyer Kamini (Yami Gautam Dhar) in the court of judge Purushottam Nagar (Pavan Malhotra).
Today when there is increasing awareness amongst youth in matters related to sex, isn't there a need for sex-education. Who do teenagers discuss sex with, when sex is widely considered taboo, more so in India. How did the country that wrote the epic Kamasutra and was always open about sex, became closed, was it 1200-years of oppressive rule?
The subject touches these very important issues though only in a superficial manner and this fact makes the very important subject, not realize it's full potential.
While Amit Rai gets full points as a director, as a writer he ought to have given a closure to the film with the boy who committed wrong against Vivek brought to book. Poetic justice!
All the actors have done a great job. Akshay Kumar shines in an extended cameo. Pankaj Tripathi gives his career-best performance. Yami Gautam brings the right amount of shrewdness in her character, just watch the scene where Pankaj praises her beauty in court and she silences her husband. Brijendra Kala brings the house down in the scene as the sexologist. Pavan Malhotra does well as the judge. Rajan Bhise is absolutely fantastic as the stenographer-typist explaining with actions chaste hindi to the judge; but it is Aarush Varma as Vivek, Kantilal’s son, the real find of the movie - the way he enacts a wronged teen, is simply astounding. Many teens undergoing a similar situation would identify with him.
Even after few shortcomings, I feel this is a very important film for each and every teen to see, not to succumb to peer pressure and bullying and be confident about self; but then the film is certified as adults. I hope the film is made universal, as this is a very important topic that all ought to see, the parents as well as the teens.

Gadar 2 l Not Just A Review

By: Amit KumaR Agarwal

2001, the Indian box-office witnessed a Tsunami called Gadar - Ek Prem Katha, few reviewers called it jaded and jingoistic - clearly these critics had no idea about the taste of the masses. Gadar became an iconic film in the history of Indian cinema.

22 years later Anil Sharma returns with Gadar 2, will it repeat the success of Gadar. Read on!
Gadar 2 follows the story of Tara Singh (Sunny Deol) and Sakina (Ameesha Patel) now living with their college going son, Jeetey (Utkarsh Sharma).
Sakina's father, Ashraf Ali (Amrish Puri) is branded a traitor by pakistani army led by General Hamid Iqbal (Manish Wadhwa) and hanged to death. 

Hamid covertly tries to infiltrate India, and it is assumed Tara Singh is taken captive. Jeetey decides to sneak in Pakistan and take the help of Tara's childhood friend Gul Khan (Mushtaq Khan).
However, Tara was never captured by the army; ironically, Jeetey is captured by the army and Tara goes to get his son back.
In this plot there is the sub-plot of Jeetey falling in love with a pakistani girl, Muskaan (Simrat Kaur).
The main strength of Gadar was its emotional quotient and the stand-out scenes; Gadar 2 tries to repeat it, though it succeeds but only to an extent.

Anil Sharma has done a good job as a director, but while Shaktimaan Talwar's screenplay was flawless in Gadar, here the tempo loses steam in the first half. The dialogues too are not as powerful as the original Gadar.
Sunny Deol breathes life in the role of Tara Singh. His action sequences particularly will bring the house down. The way he uproots electric-poles in the climax made many curious what will he uproot in Gadar 3. Utkarsh Sharma is good as Jeetey. Simrat Kaur does a fine job as Muskaan.
On the whole, given the huge craze and legacy of Gadar, Gadar 2 will start with a solid business; it might do 300-crores as well which is quite an achievement in today's scenario but the bottom-line is, it will not match the iconic status of the original - Gadar - Ek Prem Katha.

Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani l Not Just A Review

By: Amit KumaR Agarwal

Relationships, love and family form the crux of the plot of RARKPK. Just like Luv Ranjan's Tu Jhoothi Mein Makkar, earlier in the year (we even have heroine's lust-at-first-sight for hero's love-at-first-sight). Budgeted almost in the same bracket with TJMM which had the rival youth icon, Ranbir Kapoor in the lead - the template is also almost the same - two families and complexities of the love-birds settling in.
Rocky Randhawa (Ranveer Singh) is boisterous munda of a well established punjabi family. Rani Chatterjee (Alia Bhatt) is the proverbial Bengali beauty, a top-TV host. Rocky lives with his parents (Aamir Bashir and Kshitee Jog), grandparents (Dharmendra and Jaya Bachchan) and a sister, Gayatri (Anjali Anand), while Rani’s family has her parents (Tota Roy Choudhury and Churni Ganguly) and grandmother, Jamini Chatterjee (Shabana Azmi).
Rocky gets to know about his grandfather's love-affair with Rani's grandmother. In his quest to find the grandma, he hooks up with the grand-daughter, Rani. For Rani it is lust-at-first-sight, but for Rocky, it is love-at-first-sight.
The cultural and intellectual differences between Rocky and Rani and their respective families, make the two swap places to convince their families about their prem-kahani.
The best test for any creative-form is the longevity and recall of the audiences. Ironically, the film's high points are when the love-birds both, Rocky and Rani and their dada-dadi soak in the golden melodies of yesteryears, some more than 60-year old. Still so fresh and soothing to hear.
Will the audiences remember RARKPK after 60 weeks?
While Ranveer and Alia are first-rate. Dharmendra is wasted in an ill-etched character. The real hero of the film is the antagonist Jaya Bachchan, she breaks her goody image with a bravura performance. She even mouths the famous Big B dialogue from Johar's previous, K3G - Keh Diya toh bas Keh Diya with the signature tune playing.
The high-points in the movie are far apart. The best is Ranveer's and Tota's recreation of Dola Re or Ranveer's breakdown, ironically, of how being judgemental about things is also being judgemental.
Karan Johar was firmly in saddle in his last film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, but here he falters mostly because of the excessive length of the film and not giving subtle-treatment required for such a sensitive subject.
In the end, a grossly average fare that fails to live up to the mammoth expectations that come with the K Jo tag!